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So, Apple has finally launched a smaller version of its best selling iPad, and it looks, from initial reviews I’ve read to be yet another high quality product.

But, was it really necessary for the mini to be made in the first place?

For a start, the pricing seems really extreme for a tablet with the spec of the mini, with the current 7 inch tabs, such as the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 and Nook HD, all having higher screen resolutions and ppi figures, and equally good or better CPUs and similar storage capacity.

The base iPad mini is £269 for the 16GB Wifi only version , £70 dearer than the 16GB Wifi Nexus 7 @ £199. The Kindle Fire HD 16GB can be had for just £159, with the Nook HD coming in somewhere in between.

That £70 difference might not seem that much, but given that people are economising still, I do wonder if the price point could be a dealbreaker, especially if you follow the pricing structure up, where the mini overlaps the full size iPad quite deeply, and begs the question ‘Why buy a mini when you can get a full size one?’.

I personally have not had any hands on, but looking at the reviews and videos so far, I find myself answering the question ‘Does it offer anything compelling over the competition? (Including other iPads)’ with a ‘No’.

I don’t doubt that it will sell by the truckload, but I can’t help that its Apple thinking they’ve missed a trick to cash in and racing to play catch up when they saw the success of the Nexus 7.

It seems these days that Apple is just about the money, and as I’ve said before, I think that’s a shame.

So, I’m totally astonished at the screen grabs and errors being published online in all quarters, centering around the poor quality of the new IOS6 mapping app. It is truly amazing, that an important app like this, replacing as it is the venerable Google product, even got out of the door. Terrible joins are visible in images, with distortion that makes some objects appear melted, items are missing, labeled incorrectly etc.

I’m sure Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave over this quality control blunder.

The worst part of it seems to be for the businesses who spent time, and probably money, getting themselves visible on Google maps are often unfindable in the Apple product, since it uses Yelp and not Google for searching.

Looking at other reviews, and I’ve read quite a few, Apple seems to have got stuck in their continuous product improvement cycle and are only able to evolve what they currently have, rather than being able to do anything revolutionary, and to me that’s a shame.

One final thing before bed, and that is to remind you all that whilst Apple designed the A6 core, guess who builds the chips for them? Yep, you guessed it, Samsung. 🙂

So, my wife would like an iPad, so we take a look at eBay to see how much 1st gen ones go for.

Well to say I was shocked is an understatement, because you can go and buy a refurbished 2nd gen one for less straight from Apple.

Why do people persist in paying more on eBay, I just don’t get it.

Shop around fools……

Or, is it perhaps another tablet wannabee.

There is a great article on the HD here: HTC HD, and the photo makes it look just huge, though going by screen size it is a bit smaller than Dells Streak.

Spec wise, it looks like a Desire on steroids, though it does appear to use the same 1GHz cpu.

I’m sure it’ll be great, especially given that it will be running Froyo (Come on HTC, lets have Froyo on the Desire), but I am getting a little worried about the trend towards devices with 4-5 inch screens.

I think perhaps the iPad has got things right, I mean it is just too big to try and wedge in your pocket, and even with 3G it isn’t really pretending to be a phone.

But the HD and Streak are hovering in that zone that is just maybe a little too big to pocket, and maybe feel uncomfortable as a phone, yet don’t have that out and out ‘I’m a tablet don’t you know’ thing going on like the iPad.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like the size of the Desire and the iPhone, they are phones that can do more, and perhaps have progressed from being Smartphones to Superphones. I have just enough room for them in my pockets with my wallets and keys etc. By adding an extra inch or so to the screen size, I’m thinking I’m gonna need a bigger pocket, and I don’t think it’s a good look.

I guess only time will tell.

According to the article here: Dell Streak, Dell’s new baby will be launching on O2 tomorrow, and the tariff’s look reasonable.

At around £429 for a contract free device, it is similar to the lowest priced iPad, but to me, it is a more sensible option than the iPad, since it is much more portable.

Only time will tell if this largerthansmartphonesmallerthantablet format will be a winner.

I’ve been looking at the Dell Streak, since being iPad day here in the UK, I was wondering how it compares. Specs are here: Dell Streak.

It does make me wonder just what constitutes a pad or tablet?

The Streak looks nice, but it is much smaller than the iPad, so is it really in the same marketplace? Admittedly, it is appears to be a much less cumbersome device than the iPad, but does that place it squarely in the ‘not a phone or a tablet’ zone?

I guess we will have to make our own judgements, but with its release date set for 4th June it is going to have to draw fire from the iPad sales and marketing behemoth in order to find it’s own space.

I have seen the Streak called a phone on some sites, and I think if it is priced well, it could be real competition for the iPad. Indeed, if it is treated as a phone, and is available for free on certain tariffs, then it will be fabulous, especially once it gets Froyo.

I’m sure the iPad will sell by the bucket load here in the UK, as it has done in the states, but I think we should be keeping our eyes on all things Android. Good job Google.

Maybe the Streak is just a fat smartphone, but I think the market will settle on something more phonelike, and a bit less like a giant expensive remote control.

I am in a bit of a quandry. I love gadgets of all shapes and sizes, would have an iPhone by now (If they were available on 3), and have PC’s and an iBook, both of which I use regularly.

But the iPad. I just don’t get it right now. I get the concept, I get the general ‘Tablets are the way forward’ thing, but for me it is just too expensive. For something of that type I’d want it to come in at a much lower price point, and not be ring fenced by Apple with regards to the content I can see.

Kudos to Apple for having the guts to go ahead and do it, but for me, I’m waiting to see what round 2 brings, with the Android powered units that are on the horizon.

By then, you never know, maybe I’ll have an iPhone and will get the whole thing better……